Octacosanol

What other names is Octacosanol known by?

1-Octacosanol, Hexacosanol (26-C), N-octacosanol, Octacosyl Alcohol, Tetracosanol (24-C), Tétracosanol (24-C), Triacontanol (30-C).

What is Octacosanol?

Octacosanol is a chemical found in a variety of plants, including sugar cane and wheat germ oil. It is chemically similar to vitamin E.

Octacosanol is used to improve exercise performance including strength, stamina, and reaction time. It is also used for herpes infections, skin diseases, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease), high cholesterol, and "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).

Be careful not to confuse octacosanol with policosanol.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). Early research suggests that octacosanol does not improve symptoms of ALS.
  • Parkinson's disease. Developing research suggests that octacosanol might improve symptoms in some people with Parkinson's disease.
  • Improving athletic performance including strength, stamina, and reaction time.
  • Herpes infections.
  • Skin diseases.
  • High cholesterol.
  • "Hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of octacosanol for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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